File Sharing

SiteSucker allows you to transfer downloaded sites and SiteSucker documents between your computer and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This can be done using AirDrop, iCloud Drive, Dropbox, or iTunes File Sharing. Procedures for transferring files are shown below.

Note: These procedures assume that you are using SiteSucker for macOS version 2.11.x running on macOS 10.13.x and SiteSucker for iOS version 2.8.x running on iOS 11.x.

Warning: Downloaded sites are not included in your iCloud or iTunes backup. To backup these files, you can archive them to iCloud Drive or Dropbox or transfer them to your computer using AirDrop or iTunes File Sharing.

When transferring downloaded sites, you should only include the top level folders. These folders have names like www.site.com or host.org. Zip archives are used to transfer downloaded sites. To create a zip archive containing your downloaded sites in macOS, select the desired folders in the destination folder in the Finder and choose File > Compress. If more than one folder is included in the archive, the Finder names the resulting file Archive.zip. You may want to give this archive a unique and recognizable name.

Using AirDrop

To set up AirDrop on your Macintosh computer:

  1. Choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder. An AirDrop window opens. If Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is turned off, you'll see a button to turn it on. AirDrop turns on automatically when Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are on.
  2. AirDrop lets you choose between enabling it for just your contacts or for everyone. Contacts Only requires more work, as your computer and iOS device both have to be logged into iCloud and be in each other's Contacts. Everyone is easier but means random people you don't know can send you prank AirDrops. Use the Allow me to be discovered by setting at the bottom of the AirDrop window to choose the option you want.

To set up AirDrop on your iOS device:

  1. Open Control Center.
  2. Tap the AirDrop icon, then choose whether to receive items from everyone or only from people in your Contacts app.

Transferring Downloads

To transfer downloaded sites from your computer to your iOS device using AirDrop:
  1. Create a zip archive containing the top level folder of each site you want to transfer.
  2. In the Finder, open a new window and choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar.
  3. Drag the zip archive to the recipient's image in the AirDrop window.
  4. On your iOS device, accept the file and select SiteSucker as the app to open the file.
To transfer downloaded sites from your iOS device to your computer using AirDrop:
  1. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  2. Select the Downloads screen and tap Edit.
  3. Select the items you want to transfer (or select nothing to tranfer all items) and tap Share in the toolbar. This displays the Exports screen, which shows a zip archive containing the choosen items.
  4. Select the zip archive in the Exports screen and tap the Share button.
  5. In the Share menu, tap the name of the AirDrop recipient.
  6. Tap Done to close the Exports screen, and then tap Done again to finish editing.
  7. After the zip archive appears in the Downloads folder on your Macintosh, drag it to its final destination, and open it to extract its contents.

Transferring Documents

To transfer SiteSucker documents from your computer to your iOS device using AirDrop:
  1. In the Finder, open a new window and choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar.
  2. Drag the SiteSucker documents that you want to transfer to the recipient's image in the AirDrop window.
  3. On your iOS device, accept the files.
To transfer SiteSucker documents from your iOS device to your computer using AirDrop:
  1. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  2. Select the Documents screen and tap Edit.
  3. Select the items you want to transfer (or select nothing to tranfer all items) and tap Share in the toolbar. This displays the Exports screen, which shows the choosen items.
  4. Select the documents in the Exports screen and tap the Share button.
  5. In the Share menu, tap the name of the AirDrop recipient.
  6. Tap Done to close the Exports screen, and then tap Done again to finish editing.
  7. After the documents appear in the Downloads folder on your Macintosh, drag them to their final destination.

Using iCloud Drive

Before you can transfer files, iCloud Drive must be enabled. This can be done in the Settings app on your iOS device and in the System Preferences on your Macintosh.

Transferring Downloads

To transfer downloaded sites from your computer to your iOS device using iCloud Drive:
  1. Create a zip archive containing the top level folder of each site you want to transfer.
  2. Drag the zip archive to the iCloud Drive folder on your Macintosh.
  3. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  4. Select the Downloads screen and tap Edit.
  5. Tap Plus in the toolbar.
  6. In the document picker, tap on the zip archive to transfer it.
  7. Tap Done to finish editing.
To transfer downloaded sites from your iOS device to your computer using iCloud Drive:
  1. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  2. Select the Downloads screen and tap Edit.
  3. Select the items you want to transfer (or select nothing to tranfer all items) and tap Share in the toolbar. This displays the Exports screen, which shows a zip archive containing the choosen items.
  4. Select the zip archive in the Exports screen and tap the Share button.
  5. In the Share menu, tap Save to Files.
  6. In the document picker, select a location, and tap Add to transfer the archive.
  7. Tap Done to close the Exports screen, and then tap Done again to finish editing.
  8. After the zip archive appears in the iCloud Drive folder on your Macintosh, drag it to its final destination, and open it to extract its contents.

Transferring Documents

To transfer SiteSucker documents from your computer to your iOS device using iCloud Drive:
  1. Drag the SiteSucker documents that you want to transfer to the iCloud Drive folder on your Macintosh.
  2. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  3. Select the Documents screen and tap Edit.
  4. Tap Plus in the toolbar.
  5. Tap Import from iCloud in the action sheet.
  6. In the document picker, tap on a SiteSucker document to transfer it.
  7. Repeat the previous three steps for each document you would like to transfer.
  8. When you are done transferring documents, tap Done to finish editing.
To transfer SiteSucker documents from your iOS device to your computer using iCloud Drive:
  1. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  2. Select the Documents screen and tap Edit.
  3. Select the items you want to transfer (or select nothing to tranfer all items) and tap Share in the toolbar. This displays the Exports screen, which shows the choosen items.
  4. Select the documents in the Exports screen and tap the Share button.
  5. In the Share menu, tap Save to Files.
  6. In the document picker, select a location, and tap Add to transfer the documents.
  7. Tap Done to close the Exports screen, and then tap Done again to finish editing.
  8. After all transferred documents appear in the iCloud Drive folder on your Macintosh, drag them to their final destination.

Using Dropbox

Before transferring files using Dropbox:

  • Install Dropbox on your computer.
  • Install the Dropbox app on your iOS device.
  • Enable Dropbox in the iOS document picker by launching the Files app, tapping Locations, tapping Edit, and then turning on the option for Dropbox.

There are two ways to transfer files using Dropbox. One uses the document picker and the other uses the Dropbox app. Both methods are discussed below.

Transferring Downloads

To transfer downloaded sites from your computer to your iOS device using Dropbox and the document picker:
  1. Create a zip archive containing the top level folder of each site you want to transfer.
  2. Drag the zip archive to the Dropbox folder on your computer.
  3. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  4. Select the Downloads screen and tap Edit.
  5. Tap Plus in the toolbar.
  6. In the document picker, tap Dropbox under Locations and then tap on the zip archive to transfer it.
  7. Tap Done to finish editing.
To transfer downloaded sites from your iOS device to your computer using Dropbox and the document picker:
  1. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  2. Select the Downloads screen and tap Edit.
  3. Select the items you want to transfer (or select nothing to tranfer all items) and tap Share in the toolbar. This displays the Exports screen, which shows a zip archive containing the choosen items.
  4. Select the zip archive in the Exports screen and tap the Share button.
  5. In the Share menu, tap Save to Files.
  6. In the document picker, tap Dropbox, select a location, and tap Add to transfer the archive.
  7. Tap Done to close the Exports screen, and then tap Done again to finish editing.
  8. After the zip archive appears in the Dropbox folder on your Macintosh, drag it to its final destination, and open it to extract its contents.
To transfer downloaded sites from your computer to your iOS device using the Dropbox app:
  1. Create a zip archive containing the top level folder of each site you want to transfer.
  2. Drag the zip archive to the Dropbox folder on your computer.
  3. Open the Dropbox app on your iOS device.
  4. Select the zip archive that you want to transfer and tap the Share button.
  5. In the Share menu, tap Open in... and then Copy to SiteSucker. The SiteSucker app is opened and the transferred sites are shown in the Downloads screen.
To transfer downloaded sites from your iOS device to your computer using the Dropbox app:
  1. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  2. Select the Downloads screen and tap Edit.
  3. Select the items you want to transfer (or select nothing to tranfer all items) and tap Share in the toolbar. This displays the Exports screen, which shows a zip archive containing the choosen items.
  4. Select the zip archive in the Exports screen and tap the Share button.
  5. In the Share menu, tap Copy to Dropbox.
  6. In the Save to Dropbox screen, choose a location and tap Save.
  7. Tap the SiteSucker button in the top left corner of the screen to return to SiteSucker.
  8. Tap Done to close the Exports screen, and then tap Done again to finish editing.
  9. After the zip archive appears in the Dropbox folder on your Macintosh, drag it to its final destination, and open it to extract its contents.

Transferring Documents

To transfer SiteSucker documents from your computer to your iOS device using Dropbox and the document picker:
  1. Drag the SiteSucker documents that you want to transfer to the Dropbox folder on your Macintosh.
  2. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  3. Select the Documents screen and tap Edit.
  4. Tap Plus in the toolbar.
  5. Tap Import from iCloud in the action sheet.
  6. In the document picker, tap Dropbox under Locations and then tap on a SiteSucker document to transfer it.
  7. Repeat the previous three steps for each document you would like to transfer.
  8. When you are done transferring documents, tap Done to finish editing.
To transfer SiteSucker documents from your iOS device to your computer using Dropbox and the document picker:
  1. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  2. Select the Documents screen and tap Edit.
  3. Select the items you want to transfer (or select nothing to tranfer all items) and tap Share in the toolbar. This displays the Exports screen, which shows the choosen items.
  4. Select the documents in the Exports screen and tap the Share button.
  5. In the Share menu, tap Save to Files.
  6. In the document picker, tap Dropbox, select a location, and tap Add to transfer the documents.
  7. Tap Done to close the Exports screen, and then tap Done again to finish editing.
  8. After all transferred documents appear in the Dropbox folder on your Macintosh, drag them to their final destination.
To transfer SiteSucker documents from your computer to your iOS device using the Dropbox app:
  1. Drag the SiteSucker documents that you want to transfer to the Dropbox folder on your Macintosh.
  2. Open the Dropbox app on your iOS device.
  3. Select a SiteSucker document that you want to transfer and tap the Share button.
  4. In the Share menu, tap Open in... and then Copy to SiteSucker. The SiteSucker app is opened and the transferred document is shown in the Documents screen.
  5. Repeat the previous three steps for each document you would like to transfer.
To transfer SiteSucker documents from your iOS device to your computer using the Dropbox app:
  1. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  2. Select the Documents screen and tap Edit.
  3. Select the items you want to transfer (or select nothing to tranfer all items) and tap Share in the toolbar. This displays the Exports screen, which shows the choosen items.
  4. Select a document in the Exports screen and tap the Share button.
  5. In the Share menu, tap Copy to Dropbox.
  6. In the Save to Dropbox screen, choose a location and tap Save.
  7. Tap the SiteSucker button in the top left corner of the screen to return to SiteSucker.
  8. Repeat the previous four steps for each document that you would like to transfer.
  9. Tap Done to close the Exports screen, and then tap Done again to finish editing.
  10. After all transferred documents appear in the Dropbox folder on your Macintosh, drag them to their final destination.

Using iTunes File Sharing

Before transferring files using iTunes File Sharing:

  1. Connect your iOS device to your computer.
  2. Launch iTunes on your computer.
  3. In iTunes, select your iOS device, click File Sharing in the sidebar, and then select SiteSucker from the list of apps.

Transferring Downloads

To transfer downloaded sites from your computer to your iOS device using iTunes File Sharing:
  1. Create a zip archive containing the top level folder of each site you want to transfer.
  2. Click the Add button under the SiteSucker Documents list in iTunes, select the zip archive, and click Add.
  3. When the zip archive appears in the SiteSucker Documents list, launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  4. Select the Downloads screen and tap Edit.
  5. Tap Plus in the toolbar.
  6. Tap Import from iTunes in the action sheet.
  7. Tap Done to finish editing.
To transfer downloaded sites from your iOS device to your computer using iTunes File Sharing:
  1. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  2. Select the Downloads screen and tap Edit.
  3. Select the items you want to transfer (or select nothing to tranfer all items) and tap Share in the toolbar. This displays the Exports screen, which shows a zip archive containing the choosen items.
  4. Select the zip archive when it appears in the SiteSucker Documents list in iTunes, click the Save to button under the list, choose the destination where you want to save the item, and then click Save To.
  5. In the Finder, open the zip archive to extract its contents.
  6. On your iOS device, tap Done to close the Exports screen, and tap Done again to finish editing.

Transferring Documents

To transfer SiteSucker documents from your computer to your iOS device using iTunes File Sharing:
  1. Click the Add button under the SiteSucker Documents list in iTunes, select the SiteSucker documents to transfer, and click Add.
  2. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  3. Select the Documents screen and tap Edit.
  4. Tap Plus in the toolbar.
  5. Tap Import from iTunes in the action sheet.
  6. When all transferred items are displayed in the Documents screen, tap Done to finish editing.
To transfer SiteSucker documents from your iOS device to your computer using iTunes File Sharing:
  1. Launch SiteSucker on your iOS device.
  2. Select the Documents screen and tap Edit.
  3. Select the items you want to transfer (or select nothing to tranfer all items) and tap Share in the toolbar. This displays the Exports screen, which shows the choosen items.
  4. When all the documents appear in the SiteSucker Documents list in iTunes, select them, click the Save to button under the list, select the destination where you want to save the items, and click Save To.
  5. On your iOS device, tap Done to close the Exports screen, and then tap Done again to finish editing.